Aspiring scientists are the beneficiary of grants from the 2016-2017 Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Program. The five year old program established by the Dannon Company attracted over 120 student applicants who vied for the fellowship grants chosen by an international committee of scientists in food and nutrition.
The two student honorees, Erin Davis of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Ohio State University student Haley Chatelaine will receive $25,000 each to further their research into the impact probiotics and yogurt have on the human gut microbiome, with Chatelaine saying, "This fellowship will allow me to start a new, integrative line of research to identify unique chemical signatures to help further explain the benefits of probiotic yogurt consumption."
The Dannon Fellowship program, in operation since 2012, has helped scientists in health sciences, nutritional, biological, and probiotics-related fields. The program has expanded its areas of applicable studies in 2016-2017 to include the human gut microbiome.
"Since 2012, it has been an honor for Dannon® to participate in the success of student scientists,” said Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Dannon, Miguel Freitas, Ph.D. “We congratulate both Erin Davis and Haley Chatelaine as they join the ranks of the elite scientific explorers who have advanced our understanding of how yogurt and probiotics affect human health."